Research education programs to ensure you understand whether the program you are interested in will meet industry requirements and professional guidelines.
Search your on-campus job postings or on the company's website to find out if an exhibitor has advertised and what types of positions they have available.
Attend on-campus employer information sessions and gather company literature, brochures, business cards, and contact names. Check your campus career and employment centre for details.
Prepare a list of questions for those organizations that interest you.
Questions such as: What are the main skills or competencies you look for? Can you describe a typical day? Avoid initial questions about salary and benefits. Find more examples of questions to ask employers here!
Prepare a current resume
Although you may be directed to a website for application, there are employers who will take a paper-based application. Check with your campus career or employment centre to find out what programs or resources are available to help you.
Prepare a brief introduction
Be ready to state your name, program, area of interest and reason for attending the fair. Find examples of 30 second introductions here!
Take an “Effective Career Networking” workshop
Each partner university hosts a pre-workshop giving you a greater in-depth knowledge about the event and how to network effectively.
Dress appropriately to your desired career path.
Neat and well groomed.
What should I do after the career fair?
Send a thank you note immediately to exhibitors you spoke with (do this as soon as possible ie. within 24 hours).
If you were asked to follow up by sending a cover letter and resume to the exhibitors, mention the date, location, and any unique or interesting points that were discussed so the employer will remember you.
Create a record of your contact with the organizations to stay organized with follow-up.
Find more tips and tricks for the Halifax Universities Career Fair here, and visit our blog for more articles and videos about how to achieve career success!